Sam Schoers on Australian Survivor.
Sam Schoers on Australian Survivor. Channel 10

Survivor star’s bikini secret weapon

Model Sam Schoers became the latest Australian Survivor contestant to be blindsided, exiting the show in a shock elimination by the other members of her newly-swapped tribe in Monday night's episode

Speaking to news.com.au before the episode aired, Schoers admitted that she really hadn't seen it coming.

"I had no idea. I even left a pair of shoes and a hat back at camp - I did NOT think I was going," she sighed.

Grin and bear it: Sam Schoers watches as her torch is snuffed.
Grin and bear it: Sam Schoers watches as her torch is snuffed.

Schoers, 30, provided one of this season's most talked about moments when she competed in an early challenge in a very skimpy bikini. She certainly won some new fans - while others wondered how her choice of clothing would last through her Survivor experience. Now she reveals there was a "method to the madness" of her outfit choice.

 

Sam in THAT bikini.
Sam in THAT bikini.

 

“There was a method to my madness.”
“There was a method to my madness.”

"Firstly, I don't know why there was 'uproar'; they were actually just bathers. There were plenty of other people in bathers … some of the boys were in their underwear!" she said.

"But I got those bathers in particular on purpose. The sides were adjustable on the bottom, so I could tighten them up, and I took the top to an alterer and got it completely reinforced. And it helped, because I lost eight kilos throughout my experience and I needed them to be extra tight; I needed them to be comfortable," Schoers revealed.

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"So there you go: They might have looked delicate, but they absolutely were not. I put a lot of thought into what I was wearing, because I didn't have a suitcase of clothing - I only had my bathers and my dry clothes back at camp."

 

Sam had her Survivor bathers specially altered.
Sam had her Survivor bathers specially altered.

 

“They might have looked delicate, but they absolutely were not.”
“They might have looked delicate, but they absolutely were not.”

Schoers' Contenders teammate Matt Farrelly provided another viral moment during Sunday's episode, as the high school teacher and pro-wrestler celebrated his tribe's win with an OTT chest-beating display. The testosterone-fuelled moment was enough for Champions tribe member Abbey Holmes to dub him "an actual idiot." So what's he really like?

"Matt reminds me a lot of my boyfriend - they're both school teachers; they're both very active. In real life he is the most down-to-earth, softly spoken, slow-paced guy," she said.

Schoers explained Farrelly's aggressive nature during challengers was "just that pro-wrestling character coming out - he's completely different one-on-one. He's a very humble, down to earth guy - hopefully they show a bit of that too," she said.

Unsurprisingly given her rapid eight-kilo weight loss, Schoers said the "starvation" was far and away the most difficult aspect of her two-and-a-bit weeks spent on Survivor.

"Day seven, day eight of winning no rewards - the starvation was real. It's such a unique place to be in where you just don't have access to food," she said.

 

Australian Survivor airs 7:30pm Sundays to Tuesdays on Ten.



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